A tricky book: blueprint for polyamorous futures? Or post-modern fairy tale gone awry? The best beach read of summer '19: brief(ish), capably written, deeply thought out, meaningful and meaningless. The perfect amalgamation of the new narrative non-fiction (that I notoriously love).
"[Dieterich's] writing is crisp and intelligent . . . She writes about her own reckoning with her sexuality and exploration of queer identity without becoming pat or coy, giving readers intimate access to her fears and conflicting emotions." --NPR
For as long as she can remember, Leah has had the mysterious feeling that she’s been searching for a twin--that she should be part of an intimate pair. It begins with dance partners as she studies ballet growing up; continues with her attractions to girlfriends in college; and leads her, finally, to Eric, whom she moves across the country for and marries. But her steadfast, monogamous relationship leaves her with questions about her sexuality and her identity, so she and her husband decide to try an open marriage.
How does a young couple make room for their individual desires, their evolving selfhoods, and their artistic ambitions while building a life together? Can they pursue other sexual partners, even live in separate cities, and keep their original passionate bond alive? Vanishing Twins looks for answers in psychology, science, pop culture, art, architecture, Greek mythology, dance, and language to create a lucid, suspenseful portrait of a woman testing the limits and fluidities of love.
About the Author
Leah Dieterich’s essays and short fiction have been published by Buzzfeed, BOMB, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Offing. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
Praise for thxthxthx: thank goodness for everything
“Far from merely being one of the most charming books to come by this year, thxthxthx is a timeless and much-needed reminder that happiness is a choice we actively make, not a divine courtesy bestowed upon us by some arbitrary higher power.”—Brain Pickings
“A series of lessons in gratitude to the universe.” —The New Yorker
“[An] offbeat exercise in gratitude.”—O magazine
“In an online landscape dominated by cynicism and sarcasm, it's like a breath of fresh air—and it's often charming and funny and disarmingly true, as well”—Mental Floss